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Farming

Fonterra job losses?

Fonterra 9:44am About 150 jobs are thought to be in danger at Fonterra's Canpac packaging plant in Hamilton.

Decision hits dairying plans

Ngai Tahu farm in Canterbury Ngai Tahu's plan to convert a large chunk of land to irrigated dairy farming has been thwarted.

Water woes worry women

Margaret Webster of Turakina and Kathy Reardon of Marto Rural women are concerned about water quality, but believe a lot of the degradation comes from cities and towns.

Dairy hub support urged

Dairy cows Southern dairy farmers are being asked to contribute $2 million towards the proposed Southern Dairy Hub.

Council and farmers work together

Do not view farm visits from the Waikato Regional Council as a death sentence A new, collaborative approach by the Waikato Regional Council when dealing with effluent compliance is being welcomed.

Opinion poll

What is the main issue for farmers in the upcoming General Election?

Environmental policies that stigmatise farmers and erode income.

The high exchange rate.

Slow progress in upgrading rural broadband.

Rural communities under-represented in Parliament.

Vote Result

Politics stirs dirty water issue

A file photo of Manawatu River water being tested at Foxton Beach by a member of the Horizons Regional Council science team. Greens promise tough rules on farmers to make rivers safe for swimming, but at what cost, asks Federated Farmers?

Capturing wool's value

The wool levy vote in September is the opportunity for a fresh start for the industry.

How now Fonterra cow?

We're losing critical capability

Controlling their own destinies

Danielle, Hunter, Margery, Aaron, Karlin and Joseph Snowden and dog, Gumboot, are enjoying life on the Tariki dairy farm the family purchased last year. Proud owners of their first farm are unfazed that some observers may see it as not much more than a lifestyle block.

Council and farmers work together

A new, collaborative approach by the Waikato Regional Council when dealing with effluent compliance is being welcomed.

Decision hits dairying plans

Dairy hub support urged

Fonterra job losses?

About 150 jobs are thought to be in danger at Fonterra's Canpac packaging plant in Hamilton.

Sustainable farm development

David Smith (second left) explains his reasons for fencing off 2.3km of the north branch of the Waikouaiti River to a Beef+LambNZ environmental planning workshop on his property. Enthusiastic environmental planning doesn't slow intensive programme of sustainable development on 1436ha in east Otago.

Red meat cooking again

The planets are lining up for red-meat farmers to put decades of low profits and lack of reinvestment behind them.

Confidence crisis

Beef, lamb exports near peak

Meat reform targeted

Rick Powdrell sees a tough three years in front of him as the new Federated Farmers meat and fibre chairman.

China to be biggest lamb market?

Lamb shoulder ANZ agri chief says China could one day bypass the United Kingdom as the largest market for NZ lamb.

Meat being jolted tender

Red meat receiving electrical stimulation in an experiment to increase tenderness.

Sheep 'abuse' prompts inquiry

Shepherd to take on world's best

Wool prices push up

Prices for coarse wool have bounced back, rising 11 per cent higher in the past three months.

Hemp touted as crop

marijuana Farmers growing a variety of cannabis could take Southland's economy to new highs.

Residues in fruit, vegetables

New study finds the presence of neonicatinoid residues in many fruit, vegetables and pollen in the US and NZ.

Maize options highlighted

Soil mapping tech steps forward

Farmers feel drinking change

Fewer people are drinking beer and farmers are getting a hangover.

Success lies with harvesting beet

Kaweku farmer Mark Dillon loves his fodder beet lifter – a Grimme Rootster,  which can lift about a tonne of fodder beet an hour. The growing popularity of fodder beet has prompted Southland cropping farmer Mark Dillon to invest in a fodder beet lifter.

More fire bans ahead?

Pressure is going on councils to introduce more burning bans after a recycling surge followed a ban in Canterbury at the start of the year.

a2 Milk Company approval

Demonstrating conservation

Water woes worry women

Rural women are concerned about water quality, but believe a lot of the degradation comes from cities and towns.

Drought planning pays off

Drought Accepting the financial pain that comes with a drought makes decision-making easier during a stressful time.

Invaluable, but danger lurks

That trusty quad should command respect from its users if it is to be operated safely.

Keep watch on running costs

Wage change eases pain

Cows like to be cool, too

AgResearch scientist urges farmers to take note of what animals are telling them.

A brave new world

Hamilton's Mystery Creek Pavilion is filled with the latest in agribusiness offerings for the Fieldays. Technology is set to make farming a push-button business in the next decade.

Upbeat over tech future

When Nick and Anita Jurgens talk about their farming future, son Zander is at the forefront of their thoughts.

Fieldays enrich new alliances

Tailor made forecasting

Sculpture's timely entry

A farmer's history as a hoarder proves a useful talent in visual arts.